I haven’t been around blogging as much since our Fresh Air Fund young man The Questinator arrived at our house for his 7th summer! If you are not aware of the Fresh Air Fund, it’s a program that takes children away from their NYC/Bronx/Brooklyn homes for 14 days to spend the summer in the country. It has been a great experience for our family, and for The Questionator. It’s amazing to see him grow each summer, when he first arrived at our house 7 years ago he had a big head of hair, and was so afraid of the wild lions( squirrels and an occasional raccoon) that lived in the jungle ( woods) behind our house.
He didn’t like the bugs, he couldn’t ride a bike, he had never gone barefoot, never shot a basketball or played mini-golf or eaten fresh watermelon or corn on the cob. He had never gone to the beach for the day, camped in a tent, shot a BB gun, or climbed a tree. He also never prayed regularly or attended church.
Well as you can imagine, we have worked to change so much of this over the years!
And this summer was no exception. He got to sleep under the stars in the the Catskill Mtns of NY. He literally laid out on the deck of my brother’s place, and he and everyone else slept out under the stars for the night. As soon as he got back to NY he set up a Facebook account, and I noticed that he listed” looking at the stars” as one of his favorite activities. That just warmed my heart. 🙂
Here is the aftermath of the late night star gazing.
The Questionator also loved jumping in and swimming in the pond on my brother’ s property. When he first came 7 years ago he would have been so fearful of swimming in a pond with living things. But over the years, that fear has subsided, and he was quite content to spend hours in the pond!
He really enjoyed trying out something that he has NEVER done in the Bronx before! And SportTman was happy to let him take over part of his job!
He also loved being part of our neighborhood gang and having an airsoft gun war with all of them. He just can’t walk outside and play, so simple things like walking out our front door to a yard means a great deal to him.
He enjoyed a trip to Dairy Queen and a round of mini-golf. His shot even got better as the game went on.
This young man is truly part of our family, and once again we had a great visit with him. We have also seen spiritual growth with him. When he and SportTman were little Drums or I would pray with them each night before bed. This time we noticed they prayed on their own before bed, and The Questionator initiated it! I would secretly sit on the steps and listen to the 2 of them pray……so endearing!
We are thankful for the Fresh Air Fund and bringing The infamous Questionator to our house each summer!
Wow it has been an entire week since I posted. This past week just flew by. We were busy with our Fresh Air Fund young man The Questionator. He left this morning and we are bummed, but so happy to have had him here with us!
My Favorite Five things this week………
We went to a local farmer’s market on Tues. It’s only open on Tuesday, and it’s huge! I really enjoyed a slice of FRESH peach pie, with homemade, creamy whipped creme, made by some local Amish farmers. I can not describe how yummy it was and it so hit the spot on a hot, steamy day!
The Inventor started Jr. High Cross Country this week. It is her first time running cross country and so far it has been a very positive experience for her!
Fun times at my brother’s place in the Catskills of NY. It was a great place to “play outdoors.” The kids all camped out in a tent, and then slept out on the deck under the millions of stars that can easily be seen there. The kids also had fun swimming and jumping in the pond. It was a great experience for The Questinator. Here is a pic of my brother and SportTman jumping into the pond……pretty impressive for the old guy, my brother!!!! 🙂
The next morning after sleeping out on the deck the night before.
Our 22 year old central vac died awhile back, we finally bought a wonderful Bissell Pet Eraser Vacuum. I love this vacuum, it really sucks! Ok, I had to say that. It also picks up what seems to be thousands, maybe millions of air soft pellets that I find all over our house. I love the sound of those little suckers being sucked away in the black hole of the vacuum, never to be heard from again. Dare I say I am enjoying vacuuming!?!?
And for those who wonder where the air soft gun pellets all come from, maybe this picture will help you to see where they are coming from .
How was your week???
I do love to take photos! So when I saw the MckLinky Blog Hop this week was for photo fun. I knew it was time to hop in. I have so many pictures I don’t know how I can pick just one or two. 🙂 Do you know I have over 8,000 pics on my computer right now…..yes I know, it’s time to burn them to DVD or back up! 🙂
We are a baseball family and this is one of my favorite shots of SporTman sliding back to 2nd base
I also like the peaceful feeling of this picture. It just speaks simple, summer fun to me. The Inventor catching fish at a nearby lake.
Also on of my latest favorites is in the vacation post below…..SportTma and his friend jumping “off” the mountain! That was a fun, vacation moment!
See an example of the last photo blog hop here: http://www.mcklinkyblog.com/2009/07/mcklinky-photo-blog-on-tuesday-sample.html Also, if you would like me to consider publishing your photos in SeriousLife Magazine (www.seriouslifemagazine.com), submit them here:
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Yep I am back from a week’s long V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!!! I know you didn’t even know I was gone, that is what makes blogging so mysterious. 🙂
I had a wonderful, awesome, great, fun, RELAXING vacation. Can you tell I am still excited about it!
I was reading about Faith’s summer vacations at Gold in the Clouds and really felt the same way she did, about having a time of rest. She said that God is in the restoration business, and I thought to myself if I am so busy, I can so easily miss His restoration Power! But I am also smart enough to know that everyone needs some down time, and a time of reflection, renewal, and time to refocus. And that is just what this vacation provided for us.
I am thankful for time to get away with my family. We traveled to the Adirondacks in upstate NY. It’s a perfect example of God’s marvelous handiwork! We visited Ausable Chasm, a beautiful example of God’s beauty. We also went tubing down a river with pretty impressive rapids, and yes I screamed as I went through them on a tube!
We camped together in a tent, and played lots of ping pong, ate smores, and survived a rainy night in the tent. We then made our way to a motel on Lake George. We hiked a 4,000+ mountain and did lots of kayaking. I even read a book, nothing like Linda at Mocha with Linda, she is such an avid reader, but I was happy to get A book read!
We loved the beauty of the area, we were so far North at one point we were close to the Canadian border, I thought about hoping the border to visit my favorite Canadian blogger, Susanne at Living to Tell the Story
There were so many of you that I missed reading this week, I always appreciate the spiritual insight and encouragement I get from Alicia at Confessions of a Snowflake, and my dear friend Beautiful Grace.
But, before you know it I will be back and school along with my other fellow, special ed teacher blogger, Beth at Walk a Mile. But for now enjoy some of our vacation pictures. 🙂
SportTman and a friend jumping “off” the mountain
At the Ausable Chasm, we walked and drove over that bridge. And yes I am afraid of heights!
The kids had so much fun swimming at the base of this waterfall
The top of Cascade Mtn. I loved going up, coming down took me forever with my torn ACL knee…but I DID IT!
Breakfast while camping
View from the grounds of our motel